Key Initiatives

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Help us advance literacy by supporting one of our signature projects – our partnership with United Way and Read to Grow allows us to provides books to at-risk children in our community. Since its inception in 2010, Leaguers Building Readers has collected and distributed tens of thousands of books.

Participate by donating your gently used books, purchasing new books and conducting book drives at work, local stores or at a dinner or child’s party.


Cook & Feed for Friends in Need

As part of our partnership with Operation Hope, a safe and healing shelter for homeless families. Cook & Feed is a program in which Leaguers meet once a month to prepare approximately 150 healthy, frozen meals that feed families of 4-6 people, filling empty food pantry freezers.

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Neighborhood Impact

Partnering with the Thomas Hooker School in Bridgeport, we help foster literacy and impact students’ lives in a variety of ways including monthly Read Alouds, healthy eating programs, Star Student Receptions, and beautification projects in and around the elementary school.


Operation Hope Monthly Meal Preparation

As part of a longstanding partnership, we provide meals on a monthly basis for the residents of the Operation Hope homeless shelter.






Healthy Families 5K Run/Walk

We held our inaugural Healthy Families 5K Run/Walk fundraiser at Beardsley Park in November of 2014.  Funds raised at this event help support the mission of our League and our community outreach projects. The fourth annual Run/Walk will be held in Spring of 2018.

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Healthy Families Dinner Series

In January 2015, we launched our newest signatures program,

“The Healthy Family Dinner Series”. This program is a collaboration between the Norma Pfriem Urban Outreach Initiative, The Center for Family Justice, and The Bridgeport YMCA. Families meet twice a month where they participate in activities that incorporate elements of literacy, exercise, and making healthy food choices while preparing a meal to eat together. All aspects of this program are designed to meet the goals of our “Healthy Families, Healthy Futures” initiative.